GUWAHATI: Gauhati University (GU) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Government of India) is entering into a bilateral, institutional agreement to set up a Regional Academic Centre for Space (RAC-S) to carry out research and developmental projects which are of relevance to the future technological and programmatic needs of the Indian Space Programme. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today by Dr PV Venkitakrishnan, Director, CBPO, ISRO (Department of Space, Govt of India), Bengaluru and Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta, Registrar, GU in presence of Dr Mridul Hazarika, the Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University. The august occasion was also graced by Prof BC Goswami, Vice Chancellor, Cotton University and representative from Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IASST) besides faculty members, researchers and officials from Gauhati University.
According to a press release, the idea of establishing a direct linkage between ISRO and Gauhati University is to expand the role of Space research in teaching and educational systems in the NE region in particular, was first mooted by former Chairman, ISRO, Honorary Distinguished Scientific Adviser, ISRO and Chairman, New Education Policy Committee, Dr K Kasturirangan, during his visit to GU in 2018, to deliver the Convocation Address. Subsequently, Director, CBPO,Dr PV Venkitakrishnan, and Associate Director, RESPOND, ISRO-Dept of Space, Dr MA Paul, made an exploratory visit to Gauhati University and firmed up a proposal to set up the RAC-S after discussion with the Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University.